Beating defendant may get probation |

Beating defendant may get probation

Gregory Crofton

A 17-year-old pleaded no contest Monday to an assault with great bodily injury that left a 19-year-old South Lake Tahoe man with short-term memory problems and 22 stitches in his lower lip.

The defendant, a resident of Meyers, was prosecuted as an adult in El Dorado County Superior Court because of the seriousness of the crime.

An El Dorado County deputy district attorney said the boy could have received seven years in prison for the assault, but likely will receive a sentence of probation and be required to enter a rehabilitation program.

The 17-year-old was charged with assault because of his involvement in a fight Feb. 21 alongside Sierra Boulevard just south of Armstrong Avenue. The boy was first booked by police for attempted murder, but a prosecutor lessened the charge.

Police said the defendant beat the 19-year-old man after he found him flirting with his girlfriend. A citizen driving past the attack got out of his car and stopped the fight.

Before the assault, the 17-year-old and the 19-year-old had been attending a small party at a home on Sierra Boulevard.

Investigators arrested the 17-year-old at a Meyers residence eight hours after the attack. His sentencing is scheduled April 16 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 3 of El Dorado County Superior Court.

The defendant is expected to remain in custody until his sentencing.

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